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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:24 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

ramjet wrote:
HI Dustmite, thanks for the warm welcome and yes, the Buttered Roll is well scoffed !! :)

The photo's a wee bit too blurred for my old eyes to be able to distinguish any feature so I was going by memory and your description. I thought you looked like you were on a hill and although the High St does have an incline I guessed you must be on New Street. The Traffic Island you describe has been stood on by myself many times !.

From your description you sound like you might be a buddy ?.


I deliberately blurred it severely, to weed out any rank amateurs

Not a buddy or even a 'body' I don't think, not sure of the exact criteria for that, was born in Elderslie and grew up in Johnstone, attended Paisley Tech though, back in the not so distant 80s.  Family roots are pure Glasgow.

Cracking photo there, atmospheric too, love it, it's a view I instantly recall: Classic Paisley, just a bit before my time; the very spot the photo with the monkey (of which I was initially terrified) was taken was at the edge of the pavement (us facing east, camera looking west) just behind the right hand bus, and it's a Kilbarchan one, see!

cheers (cybers too for fixing the link)

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Thanks Cybers
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

cybers wrote:
Some older stuff from around Paisley around the 1990 mark. Lots of unknown places



I've a notion that (former school) might have been on Canal St/George St, opposite the end of Broomlands Street, and to the right a little, towards Ferguslie Walk.

The Toledo Junction nightclub - there had long been a pub on that site, since the early-seventies at least; the further end of the same building, at the corner of Harbour Lane, once probably occupying the whole building was an annexe for the old RAI (Royal Alexandra Infirmary at Calside), housing in its latter days, just X-ray facilities.

The White Cart had long been navigable right up to Harbour Lane even beyond that under what is now the Piazza which covers the river, and through to the back of the Town Hall and beyond, lighter boats could probably make it up to The Hammils. It was dredging, widening and deepening of the Clyde generally and particularly opposite John Brown's Clydebank shipyard that caused drastic falls in depth of water up the White Cart, which, by the late 1950s, ended the possibility of ships coming right up close to Paisley Town Centre, and doomed the building of smaller craft along the Cart water, they still did come right up during ww2; you only have to look at the vast scale of the White Cart Viaduct carrying the motorway past the Airport, seemingly so over-engineered for the shallow trickle of water below to get an idea of how this river was greatly diminished between design and construction of this colossus.

Hollowhorn - a member here - done a great write-up on another forum on the Glasgow-Paisley-Johnstone-(Ardrossan) Canal, which is well worth reading; the early introduced and then very innovative unique light steel canal boats used - not the first wooden ones, including that which capsized, but their replacements which continued in good service till the canal closed - were built in a yard in McDowell Street, Johnstone, and legendarily carried shoulder high by teams of workmen, along the High Street, up to and launched on the canal, unheralded but it was undoubtedly the beginnings of steel shipbuilding in the west of Scotland and the world.

Informed cynics have long-suggested that George Ludovic Houston, the Laird of Johnstone - a Baronet - who had extensive coal mines in the town, and had invested himself in the canal, enough to have great influence, never intended and made sure the canal never progressed beyond Johnstone towards Ayrshire, why would he want Ayrshire's coal competing with his own for the lucrative Glasgow market. His supreme cunning was in getting the Ayrshire mine-owners to pay in large part for the canal section which was actually built, while the second-stage they most desired foundered. Had it continued it might have been a greater marvel still, utilising both Lochwinnoch and Kilbirnie Lochs for part of it's way.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

dustmite wrote:
cybers wrote:
Some older stuff from around Paisley around the 1990 mark. Lots of unknown places



I've a notion that (former school) might have been on Canal St/George St, opposite the end of Broomlands Street, and to the right a little, towards Ferguslie Walk.



Its much further along Dustmite. It sat just off the Ferguslie Main Rd.,opposite John Neilson's (latterly St Mirrens) secondary and was at one time the canteen for the Ferguslie Mill. A small housing estate is now on the site. The depot I was based at was across the road until we moved down to Underwood Rd in 1996 and the building eventually sold for housing.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Cheers Doog Doog,

I think I recall the one at the location you mention, and it's most likely the one in the picture, and as you say, it being further along, nearer West Lane, past the Sea Scouts Hall maybe, I half-remember other smaller buildings too, along towards the bottom of Station Rd.

I thought it was along that way, I wasn't far off; I well remember the many big and spectacular buildings all along Ferguslie Main -real proper dark satanic mills, they captivated my imagination back in the seventies, the vista from the top deck of a bus heading to Paisley took in Linwood Car Plant, an eye-popping sight and hive of activity then, representing modernity, but bland anonymous buildings, followed by these grandiose monstrosities of an earlier era, bold architectural extravagances, by then silent, still and forbidding - epic scale industrial and social history spanning centuries.  Shame these big mills weren't kept for posterity, with their high elevation and formidable style they looked like something transplanted from Transylvania, they were far more appealing than the now cosseted but nondescript and functional-looking Abbey Mill buildings at Lonend, which are just a bit so-so.

I think a vestige of the original mill owning company was still in the area in the eighties, known as Paisley Clothing Company, Maxwellton Trading Estate, a subsidiary company of Coats-Viyella; by the late eighties remaining operations, which consisted of just machining of garments for mail order catalogues and the likes of C&A, were transferred to a Coats-owned factory in Castlemilk.

I recall too the RDC depot thing just past the John Neilson HS, never knew till later what it was used for, and I've forgotten again, a quaint old building, such a jarring contrast to the Millarston high-flats, glad it's still standing, put to good use and kept hopefully in good repair.

I'm still sure too though, that there was a building in ruins at the spot I described, not then the one in the picture, but where there is probably still in business a wholesale butchers of some sort, just single storey, flat-roofed, there must have been some tenements removed there and some realignment of the road and later there was a bit of a stushie over some former school building (or perhaps it was an orphaned church hall) and its sorry state of advanced decay, I'm not confusing it with the Half-Time School/Cotton Club, not far from it.  But the details are hazy with time.

There was another, far from picturesque, ruined school on Elderslie Main Rd too (straying from Paisley proper), I remember sagging slate-roofed shelters, open on their side facing the main road where the wretched pupils would have huddled out of the weather when turfed out during breaks, it was just along from the Ring O'Bells pub.  I can recall this being demolished in a blink of an eye and I was perturbed at the loss of the spectacle of dereliction and decline it presented, always looking as if a perfectly ordinary gust of wind would have brought them down, but never did -the site is now occupied by a new residential handicapped school, a considerable improvement which in a short time did blend in well.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods


Paisley Abbey by David C Laurie, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods


Paisley Town Hall by David C Laurie, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Two stunning captures David. There are usually a few locals kicking about there, unless you visit quite late at night!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hi Cybers, good shots
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

horza wrote:
Two stunning captures David. There are usually a few locals kicking about there, unless you visit quite late at night!


Think this was shortly before 4am and there were still mad zombies semi concious stoating around.
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